Written by Stephanie Bartlett, LPC-Intern and LMFT-A

Here’s the process from graduation to obtaining your LPC-Intern license in Texas (this is not to say it won’t change but as of the beginning of 2011 this was the path that led to me getting my LPC-Intern license …

  • You have to graduate before you can apply to take the NCE. Your transcripts must say “graduated”.
  • Get packet together: the application for the NCE and the LPC-Intern application are found at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/lpc_forms.shtm.
  • Take the Jurisprudence Exam for Professional Counselors found at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/lpc_jurisprudence.shtm. The exam costs $40. After completion, print 2 to 3 copies of your certificate (just in case).
  • Before you complete your Practicum, ask your supervisor to sign the Practicum Documentation form, as you can count your Practicum hours above and beyond the required 450 towards the required hours up to a maximum-so keep copies of all of your logs from all of your practicum classes. The board determines how many of the extra hours will count towards direct and how many towards indirect.
  • Request official sealed transcript from your university after you graduate. Ask for 2 or 3 for future applications and an extra in case you make a mistake.
  • Before you submit your packet to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, you need to apply to take the NCE and pass the exam. The application is found at nbcc.org. Click on Texas, print, and fill out the application. Send this in along with a check for $185, and your official sealed transcript. Make a copy of the application and check for yourself in case it gets lost in the mail. I recommend sending the application certified mail so you get a confirmation receipt upon delivery.
  • You will then receive a letter that you are approved to take the exam (expect around 3 weeks to get this letter). The NCE exam is offered the first week of every month.
  • Study materials for the NCE:
    • Encyclopedia of Counseling by Howard Rosenthal
    • NBCC Preparation Guide
    • After you pass the exam, mail the packet (I recommend certified mail), your Jurisprudence Certification of Completion, official sealed transcript, Practicum Documentation form, Supervisor Agreement Form, and the $98 LPC-Intern application fee to:
      • Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors – Mail code 1982 – P.O. Box 149347 – Austin, TX 78714-9347
  • If you have questions, you may contact NBCC at 336.547.0607 and the LPC Board at 512.834.6658. Be sure to write down the date, time, and name of person to whom you spoke! Also, make copies of everything!!
  • Once you have submitted your application for license, expect 3 to 4 weeks to get your license number.

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